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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Oct 24, 2011 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

You bring up valid points. I still am greedy and want all shows available for stream, at the tip of my fingers.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 24, 2011 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

I don't think that is greedy at all, i think its pretty normal. This place is so damn convenient. I just think it is also too easy to forget that it is privilege not a right to have the level of access to Grateful Dead music that is we currently enjoy and we shouldn't get too upset about the 1-2% that isn't available for free but is still available.

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Poster: cvenez Date: Oct 28, 2011 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

I may be in the minority here, but as someone who very rarely buys actual CD's anymore, I find it very annoying that they are not realeasing any of these new series/shows in a downloadable format. I have yet to buy anything from the Road Trips series, the Europe discs, etc. because I don't see the point in spending the money on something that's going to be relegated to a box in my basement after I download the songs to my computer/mp3 player. I would love to see them resurrect the Download series, or at least make the new stuff available in both CD and downloadable formats.

My intent here is not to complain, but it just seems odd that a band that was light years ahead of the rest of the music world in terms of making their stuff readily available is taking a step backward here. I would think there are others out there who feel the same. Or maybe it's just me...

In the meantime, if they don't make of the newer music available for download, I already know which releases I'll eventually break down and buy!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 28, 2011 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

You are definitely not in the minority. I have mentioned here before that i once talked to someone who raises money in for cancer research within the music industry and they indicated that the profit margin on downloadable music was actually much worse than CDs so in a niche market like Grateful Dead concert releases, they may simply not make enough money via downloads. Remember Rhino paid the band upfront for the access to release, so the boys have been paid. That may explain why they have no issues with using livedownloads.com for Further shows, but all the GD releases are CDs.

I do believe it is a niche market and that is why they are doing things like subscription series and limited editions to create demand. If you could sell 100,000 copies of something, why limit it to 12,500?